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CMAP Weekly Update, 5-24-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, Policy Updates on recent news from Springfield and recently introduced federal legislation to establish an "American Infrastructure Fund", the upcoming priority deadline for CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program, a reminder on the call for community-based projects, and the Chicago Community Trust announced new grants for projects that advance GO TO 2040. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

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Policy Updates.  Our Policy Updates blog features recent news from Springfield.  The General Assembly is scheduled to conclude its session in one week.  We also described recently introduced legislation to establish a $50 billion "American Infrastructure Fund."

Priority deadline May 31:  FLIP applications.   Applications are available for next year's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program.  Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2013-14 school year are eligible.  The priority deadline for applications is May 31.  For more information, contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).

Reminder:  Call for local projects.  Planning assistance and grants for local projects that implement GO TO 2040 are now available through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program at are due Wednesday, June 26 at noon.  An informational session was held on May 15, and the presentation is available on-line.  Review the program guide to see which types of projects are eligible, or contact Erin Aleman ( or 312-386-8816).

Trust grantmaking.  This week, The Chicago Community Trust announced ten community-based sustainable development grants for projects that advance GO TO 2040 recommendations, the goals of the Chicago Climate Action Plan and Sustainable Chicago 2015, and/or existing sustainability related policies of a local government or community.  The majority of grants will help implement LTA projects.

Transportation Enhancement Program.  The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking proposals for the 2013 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP).  A guidelines manual is available for reference.  Proposals are due August 20, 2013.


Other News and Announcements

Crain's, WBEZ on manufacturing.  Crain's Chicago Business featured a series of articles around their Manufacturing Summit held May 21.  To learn more about our region's strengths and areas of opportunity in manufacturing, check out CMAP's Metropolitan Chicago's Manufacturing Cluster: A Drill-Down Report on Innovation, Workforce, and Infrastructure.  In related news, WBEZ's Curious City answered the question "so, what's (still) made in the Chicago area?" with help from CMAP's Garett Ballard-Rosa and Simone Weil.

LTA program. Among recent highlights from the CMAP LTA program:

CMAP media tip sheet.  CMAP's latest tip sheet includes information on the latest call for projects through the RTA Community Planning Program and CMAP LTA Program, our analysis of a proposed motor fuel sales tax "swap," upcoming meetings for a Homes for a Changing Region project in Kane County, and more.

CMAP in the news.  The Southland Voice featured an article on CMAP's National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Agency, which we received from the American Planning Association at their National Conference last month.

BRT newsletter.  The Chicago Transit Authority released a newsletter on bus rapid transit this month, which features information on the "all-star" jury selected to judge the design competition for three stations in Chicago's planned BRT system, as well as other recent news.

Water management series.  CMAP, in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council, the DuPage Water Commission, and MWH Global, are hosting a series of workshops on water management.  The first, on utility planning and asset management, will be held on May 29 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the DuPage Water Commission's headquarters (600 E. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst).


Water 2050 workshop.  CMAP, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and partners will host a Water 2050: Project Development & Sustainable Infrastructure Planning workshop on energy efficiency for wastewater systems on June 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the College of Lake County.  Registration is available through June 24.

WBC Logistics Hackathon.  World Business Chicago and partners, including CMAP, hosted a "Chicago Logistics Hackathon" on May 18.  The first place team conceptualized a Better Routes program, which would take into account the severity of a traffic accident, something most GPS travel time apps ignore.


CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes.  CMAP's bike-ped planning blog highlighted resources available to planning and design professionals, as well as the public at-large, through a new bicycling research program "Cycling in Cities" at the University of British Columbia.  We also featured a new edition of the Federal Highway Administration's Pedestrian Forum newsletter, which focuses on the safety benefits of pedestrian hybrid beacons.



Performance-based funding.  CMAP believes taxpayers will support investing in a transportation system that improves their quality of life.  To accomplish this, Illinois needs to lead the national effort to implement "performance-based funding" of highway and bridge projects.  A new microsite describes how "performance-based funding" can improve transparency and decision making.  Our Policy Updates blog provides an overview of the microsite, including its compendium of related CMAP research and analysis.

Congestion pricing campaign.  CMAP estimates that five GO TO 2040-recommended congestion pricing projects would create $94 billion of increased business output -- defined as final sales by industry -- in constant dollars between 2016 and 2040.  Learn more at  To support this effort, please contact CMAP principal planner Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or

Form-Based Codes Handbook.  CMAP recently released Form-Based Codes: A Step-by-Step Guide for Communities, which offers an alternative to conventional zoning methods by emphasizing the physical character of development.  Contact Stephen Ostrander ( or 312-386-8696).

EI2 rebates.  Energy Impact Illinois (EI2) is offering rebates up to $1,750 (an estimated 70-percent cost savings) for upgrades you can make to improve the comfort of your home.  For more information, contact Emily Plagman at  To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT.



East Dundee Homes workshop
June 10, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Village Hall Annex:  120 Barrington Ave., East Dundee
Hosted by the Village of East Dundee, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and CMAP
More information

Carpentersville Homes workshop
June 11, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Public Works Building:  1075 Tamarac Drive, Carpentersville
Hosted by the Village of Carpentersville, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and CMAP
More information

West Dundee Homes workshop
June 18, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Public Safety Center II:  100 Carrington Drive, West Dundee
Hosted by the Village of West Dundee, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and CMAP
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Elgin Homes workshop
June 19, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The Centre Heritage Ballroom:  100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Hosted by the City of Elgin, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and CMAP
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